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VN asks ICAO to correct Sanya map

Update: January, 16/2016 - 08:47
Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh. — File Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam has asked the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to correct the Sanya flight information region (FIR) map – which includes Viet Nam's Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago.

The map includes the Chinese words "Sansha City – China", and has a symbol of an airport on Chu Thap (Fiery Cross) Reef in Truong Sa with the English words "Yong Shu Airport – Sansha".

Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh said on Friday that Viet Nam had indisputable sovereignty over the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagos.

Viet Nam had protested China's establishment of the so-called "Sansha City" and its construction of artificial islands and an airport in the area on numerous occasions, he said, adding that such moves were a violation of Viet Nam's sovereignty over Truong Sa and Hoang Sa, as well as an infringement on Viet Nam's legitimate rights in the East Sea.

Vietnamese agencies have also sent letters to the ICAO affirming Viet Nam's sovereignty and noting that China's flights to Fiery Cross Reef violated the ICAO's regulations on aviation safety.

On January 7, the permanent Viet Nam Mission to the United Nations sent a diplomatic note to the UN Secretary General asking the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry's diplomatic notes to China dated January 2 and January 7 to be circulated. The notes protested China's flights to Fiery Cross Reef in Viet Nam's Truong Sa Archipelago and made it clear they were a violation of Viet Nam's sovereignty and a threat to peace, stability, aviation security and safety in the East Sea.

On Thursday, the UN endorsed these diplomatic notes as official documents at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly. — VNS

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